MS 250 - $359.95 DSRP SAVE $60.00 on select models

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18 in. Bar

DSRP: $359.95 $299.95


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A powerful chainsaw designed for firewood cutting and available at a special price for a limited time!

When you rely on firewood to keep your home warm and cozy, you need a good chainsaw to build a solid woodpile. With an exceptional power-to-weight ratio, the STIHL MS 250 is up to the task. It is easy to operate and combines great features to take care of clearing jobs as well as cut through small limbs and trees. For many years, the MS 250 has been a model of efficiency and reliability, check it ...Read More
Print Spec Sheets
MS 250 Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 45.4 cc (2.77 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 2.2 kW (3.0 bhp)
POWERHEAD WEIGHT 4.6 kg (10.1 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 470 cc (15.9 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 200 cc (6.8 oz.)
GUIDE BAR LENGTHS* (Recommended ranges) 40 to 45 cm (16" to 18")
STIHL recommends #3634 (26 RM3 68) OILOMATIC® saw chain and 18" 3005 008 4717 STIHL ROLLOMATIC® Ematic™ guide bar combination. The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.
Model Features
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    Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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    Side-Access Chain Tensioner
    The side-access chain tensioner makes it much more convenient for the user to adjust the saw chain with a bar wrench as opposed to the typical location of the guide bar adjustment screw.
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    Toolless fuel and oil caps with retainers
    Simply lift the lever and twist the caps to remove or tighten. There‘s no need to use a tool to tighten or loosen.
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    Winter/Summer Shutter
    The Winter/Summer Shutter allows the carburetor to operate at optimum temperature year-round and helps to prevent carburetor icing when working below 50°F (10°C).
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Chainsaws
    View the features common to many STIHL chainsaws.

Important Information
* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.
Note: STIHL recommends use of fuel with no more than 10% Ethanol content. Using fuel with greater than 10% Ethanol content may cause damage to your equipment and may void your STIHL warranty. Learn More…
WARNING! Improper use of any power tool may cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow carefully the operating and safety instructions in your instruction manual before using such products.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.
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Optional Accessories
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    Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA) (B)
    The Quick Chain Adjuster (QCA) (B) allows the user to adjust the tension of the chain without the use of tools. This allows for easy chain adjustment.

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    Bar and Chain Oil
    STIHL Bar and Chain oil is formulated to adhere to the bar and chain, and to reduce wear. Special agents in the oil formulation help keep sap and pitch from clinging to the bar and chain.

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    5605 007 1028

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    0.404 10.26 7/32 5.5 0811 412 8108 5605 750 4330

    5605 007 1030

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    Woodcutter Chaps
    Apron Chaps from STIHL are made from rugged, 400-denier nylon and feature the same UL® classified protection as our other chaps. Just snap them over your pants and you’re ready to go. Sewn into the legs of the chaps are six layers of Avertic® Pro by Engtex®, a cut-retardant material designed to clog the sprocket and stop the saw chain on a gasoline-powered chainsaw in case of accidental contact with the rotating saw chain. The open back design of these chaps makes them a great choice for hot working conditions.
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    STIHL Pro Mark™ Dynamic Protective Gloves
    Durable and hardworking, STIHL Pro Mark™ Dynamic Gloves deliver professional-grade hand protection. The palm and inner fingers are made of full grain tanned leather, so you can work with comfort without sacrificing a firm hold. Featuring multiple layers of cut-retardant materials – Avertic® Pro and Dyneema fabrics by Engtex® – these gloves will help deliver protection without compromising the dexterity you need while operating a chainsaw. Accented with an orange rip-stop nylon backing, these dynamic gloves offer style and protection. Water repellant, breathable and featuring a Velcro wrist closure, STIHL Pro Mark™ Dynamic Gloves are as ready for the woods as you.
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    Deputy Glasses

    Tough protection that also looks the part. The STIHL Deputy Glasses meet ANSI standard Z87.1+ and feature both protection and style. The lenses are a scratch-resistant polycarbonate that block out 99.9% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. They are also comfortable to wear, featuring a soft rubber nosepiece and dual-mold rubber temples that helps to keep the glasses in place when the head is in motion. Stop by our Dealership to check out these and other great protective eyewear styles. Shown in Brown Frame / Brown Mirror Lens. Available lens colors (Black Frame): Blue Mirror, Smoke (Brown Frame): Brown Mirror

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MS 250 is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 605.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent saw from r the money! I own a small lawn care company and I used a craftsman chainsaw for 6 years. It finally got to where the chain wouldn't stay on and was hard to start in the middle of a trimming job. Went to local Stihl dealer and purchased this saw. I have had it 7 months now and it doesn't miss a beat. Once you get the trick of cranking it which my dealer showed me I have never had a problem with it.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than I could ask for I purchased this saw to clear some dead trees from my lot. It performed this job with ease. The wife then decided we needed a small retaining wall and I needed to cut a couple dozen RR ties. It worked very well for this project. I cleaned the saw between uses and kept the chain sharpened. I am very pleased with how well this saw runs and how easy it is to start. I am confident I will have and use this saw for many years.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The saw is very hard to crank, and I have used it less than two hours in the last year. Today is the one-year anniversary for the MS 250 Stihl chainsaw, I have used it less than 2 hours due to its very difficult starting process. I have brought it back to the local Stihl where I purchased it in Zachary Louisiana, twice, and now they referred me to bring it to another dealer as they have no mechanic at their location. Luckily, I have a two year warranty so whatever repairs that are needed can be done at a nother Stihl dealer near me.It has been very frustrating trying to use this product, which probably is a very good product, but I have been unable to crank it successfully. I am hopeful that another dealer will be able to fix it, as based on the first year I would rate this as a very poor running piece of equipment.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great saw. Dont listen to the bad reviews. This saw is fantastic. Most of the bad reviews are from people who don't know how to start a small engine with a choke. I have not flooded this saw once yet and have owned it a little more than a year. Had no problem cutting so far as long as you don't dull your chain. This is all the saw most home owners need unless your going to use it for ALOT of firewood. For those who flood it because they don't know how to start it when cold put on full choke (all the way down), pull until the engine burps once but don't pull more than 3 times, then move choke one click up to partial choke and pull until it starts into high idle then pull throttle to move to normal idle (run/one click from top) and your ready to cut. If its already warm just move choke down one click into run position and it will start in one or two pulls. Only time you touch the throttle in the starting sequence is moving from high idle to low idle. Snatch these models up before they stop making them!
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a good saw The saw is difficult to start. I keep it very clean and store it properly, but it does not turn over easily
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from IRMA mistake I bought this chain saw for Irma cleanup. First day the saw worked like a champ. Cut excellent. Second day would not start. Took it to a dealer, they could not get it to start, they passed it around no one could start it. Day 2 still waiting for the call it is fixed. Have been using an electric pole saw to do most of my cutting. I paid good money for a reliable Stihl, very disappointed. Should have saved my money. That cheap pole saw has outshines Stihl!
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I have owned the MS250-C for ten years. I have it tuned every two years. It starts very easily, cuts very easily and is easy to maintain. Best chainsaw I have ever owned.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Update of previous review Last week gave this saw a 1 rating. Now I've learned the trick in the starting drill, and am reversing previous review. The saw has a very unusual starting drill, which really does not come through the literature or video or dealer's instructions. When COLD, put on full choke, pull a little until past top dead center compression and give a moderately quick pull. Now it will NOT start but will "pop." When you feel and hear the pop, pull the trigger in slightly, and saw will go to partial choke. Same type of pulling, and it now starts on 2nd or 3rd pull. When HOT, leave off choke, and will start on first pull.The saw works extremely well, and cuts with it's Stihl chain just about anything with ease. The air cleaner cover locking lever is plastic, and already broke. Please make this metal. Air cleaner used plastic tabs, should be a metal hold down. If it were not for these items, and the starting drill which i've finally mastered, I'd give it a 5. Also, do NOT pull trigger when starting, as it will cause flooding, as I've learned.
Date published: 2017-09-13
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